Theatre Notes Semester 2

Theatre Notes Semester 2 - Theatre Notes Mar 28 Joni L...

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Theatre Notes Mar 28 Joni L. Jones/Omi Osun Olomo "Sista Docta" and the Jazz Aesthetic. Q's: Was this play easy or difficult to read? Why? How is the form of this play different from other plays we've read in class? Why does jones choose to dance throughout the entire performance? To parallel/stand with the text, to keep the audience engaged, to use historically african roots/awknowledge her heritage and those before her. What does one risk by putting one's own life (family, job, friendships, ideologies) onstage? Why does she do it? It's freeing, almost cathartic, to help you process those bad things that happened. What role does the participation play in the performance? why does she choose this technique? She chooses audience members to read cards, etc. What does reading this play clarify about autobiographical performance? About the Playwright Actress, director, playwright, dramaturge, writer Professor in performance as public practice program at UT Director of the center for african and african american studies (caas) on campus (located upstairs) PhD New York University Dr. Joni Jones/ Omi Osun Olomo FUlbright Scholar 1997-98 Taught at Obafemi Awolowo U in Ife-Ife, Nigeria Studies the ritual and spirtiual performance of the Yoruba tribe Adopted the spiritual name "Omi Usun Olomo"; goes by both Current work is focused on what is now called the Jazz Aesthetic "Sista Docta" Perfomance Techniques Everyday Life Performance (ELP) Performance technique often used as part of the performance ethnography Includes three steps: Create detailed transcript of an audio recording (include breaths, pauses, stutters, pace, tone, pitch, timbre) Memorize the transcript, including breath, itch, rhythm, emphasis, and rate. Replicate the audio in performance. Audience Involvement
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Theater of the Oppressed (stay tuned) Spoken word/poetry Family memoir/ ancestry Song Dance (Yoruba and Other) Drumming (Yoruba and Other) Changing Jacket The Jazz Aesthetic Jazz: Wynton Marsalis: "Music that swings" Pat Metheny: "Not the music of Kenny G." Kenny G: Smooth jazz, repetitive, monotonous, bastardizes well known songs Characterized by: Syncopated rhythms (note in the middle, off beat) Ensemble and solo playing Improvisation Distortions of pitch and timbre. Aesthetic: Any activity concerned with art, beauty, and taste. Set of underlying and guiding principles of an artistic/musical movement What is the Jazz Aesthetic? Formed in the 1970s alongside the Black Arts Movement Emerged from the idea that Black Theatre could not be contained in realism Non-linear Cross-genre Driven by ritual More often classified as performance New Art Form Contained: Unapologetic emphasis on the subjective experience of one character Memory-laden sense of time and space. Keen attention to the visual/physical/imagistic aspects of their work
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